Marathon effort by Lisa to help fund defibrillator

Children at Westgate Primary School dressed up in sportswear to support teaching assistant Lisa Ward (centre), who is running the Edinburgh Marathon this Sunday.

Children at Westgate Primary School dressed up in sportswear to support teaching assistant Lisa Ward (centre), who is running the Edinburgh Marathon this Sunday.

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A Morecambe teaching assistant is running the Edinburgh Marathon this weekend in a bid to raise funds to buy lifesaving equipment for her school.

Lisa Ward, who is also the lunchtime manager at Westgate Primary School, is hoping to raise about £1,000 for a defibrillator.

Children at the school dressed up in sportswear to support Mrs Ward, who will run the marathon on Sunday.

She said: “I think it’s a very important thing for schools to have. I was running the marathon anyway so I thought it would be a good thing to help the school. The support from the school is giving me added motivation for the day.

“This is my first marathon, although I have been thinking about doing one for about 15 years. I am coming up to 43 so I thought if I don’t do it now then I never will.”

Anyone who wishes to donate to the cause can give money directly to the school.

This follows two other local schools also raising funds to have defibrillators installed on their premises.

Members of the Rotakids group at Slyne-with-Hest Primary School helped raise money for the equipment at their school, while Carnforth North Road School has also been fundraising for one.